Summary: I'm a university student and some of my teachers will assign a chapter out of an expensive text book and this scanner solved my problems. I can scan the chapter I need and return the book to the library without fear of a late fee. I have found this really great when I have todo papers. I can scan my research and organize it or send it to other classmates easily. I scanned my cookbook collection (about 12) in about 2 days.
Summary: I bought this to scan some textbooks for OCR / voice conversion. It was fairly easy to setup, though the install disk wasn't quite automatic. I had to do a "custom" install to do each component Individually. I really like the simple one button scan next page. On average, taking into account page turning and setup, I scan about 2 - 2.5 textbook pages per minute.
Summary: Regarding the comment about imaging close to the spine of the book, I found that we lose five sixteenths of an inch from the edge of the housing to the beginning of the scan area. There is a fiducial line near the right front corner showing where that area begins. I did run into a problem with one book that had been rebound with the pages trimmed. There are situations that will just demand an alternative easel and camera approach.
Summary: I was sick of seeing my teenage kids having to lump their school bags packed with heavy school books around so I went looking for a book scanner so that they could leave their books at school and use the digital versions at home. It sounds ideal but its obviously going to be time consuming. I’ve decided to do 10 pages a day over the school holidays. I didn't expect this scanner to be as good as it its considering the cost.
Summary: THIS AND OTHER PRODUCTS BY PLUSTEK I REALLY RECOMMEND ALTHOUGH I HAVE THE OLDER MODEL -3600-THE QUALITY OF BUILD AND ACCESS TO THE SCANNER IS VERY EASY ..AND TO UNDERSTAND HOWEVER SOME PEOPLE I HAVE ENCOUNTERED SIMPLY CREATE PROBLEMS FOR THEMSELVES; SO AGAIN READ THE MANUAL AND GO TO THE WEBSITE TO DOWN LOAD THE LATEST UPDATES !!!!!! YES THIS SCANNER AND OLDER MODELS DO (!) CREATE GOOD SCANNED COPIES OF PHOTOS !